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Monitor not responding

April 1, 2010 at 22:15:57
Specs: Windows XP, 512 MB
At initial power up the monitor remains black. After pressing any of the monitor buttons a blue box pops up and floats around the screen for a few seconds then disappears. The box reads 'warning PC entering power saving mode'. I've tried pulling up the BIOS but get nothing. I tried F8 and get nothing. I also tried a different monitor and got nothing. I openned up the tower and pulled out the monitor card ( if that is what it's called) and used a duster on it then re-installed...nothing. Please help.

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April 2, 2010 at 03:31:47
Power down; remove main input completely - as in remove mains plug from back of tower...

Open case; remove graphics card; clean edge connectors with a soft pencil eraser. Also ensure all dust is cleared off the onboard chips/components. Re-install card and ensure it is firmly seated in its slot.

Power up and see what happens...

Possibly the card it self is dufff (as in damaged, dying or dead) and you may need to get/install another...

If possible borrow one initially to test your system; as it "may" be a psu issue. But I'm not incined to go that route yet - pending a test/replacement card first.

Any beeps at all when you boot up? If so note the sequence and report them here; as they may also point to possible cause(s) of the problem?

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April 2, 2010 at 03:33:17
Don't do all that messing about, just buy a new video card (and be careful to discharge static from your body before handling it).

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April 2, 2010 at 04:24:21
You may be right in that a card is faster... But recently a chap posted a similar problem here... and after a "careful and thorough" clean of sed card... all worked fine... So a few minutes spent as above...may save him few/many £££/$$$S?

Also... The message (briefly) on the screen as posted above does refer to the PC as "going into power-save mode..."; not simply that the screen (monitor) is going into power-save?

So there may be other issues here and the card maybe OK; which is why a loaner to test system might be in order too?

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April 2, 2010 at 05:06:59
i completely agree with trvlr..

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April 2, 2010 at 12:09:59
If you normally got a single beep when powering on, and you aren't getting it now. That means your PC is dead and it's not a video problem.
That single beep indicates that the bios has checked out the motherboard and found it ok. If you get no beeps at all, that probably means that the bios is not running at all.

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April 2, 2010 at 12:23:29
Hopefully poster will come back with info re' beeps as requested...

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April 2, 2010 at 15:13:06
First I'd like to say all of you provided fantastic suggestions. Thank you for your help.

I pulled the card and gave it and all relative connectors, both male and female, a thorough clean. I powered up and got nothing again, only what sounds like the driver making a few turns while the fan runs continuously. I also listened for any beeps coming from the computer and heard nothing. I did this several times, shutting off manually each time. Would you still suggest barrowing a friends video card for a quick test? Also...when you say my computer is dead do you mean to say the mother board is shot. How much would one cost if I were to replace?

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April 2, 2010 at 20:52:25
"when you say my computer is dead do you mean to say the mother board is shot."

No, your symptoms could be caused by a power supply problem (most likely), motherboard, or a defective unit attached to the motherboard that is keeping it from working.

That is assuming that you 'normally' got a single beep when powering on, and you aren't getting that beep now.

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